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National Newspaper Week is October 5-11

From October 5-11, newspapers across North America will celebrate the 74th annual National Newspaper Week. This year’s theme Newspapers: The Foundation of Vibrant Communities reinforces the integral part newspapers play in communities large and small. And on Saturday, October 11, publications will recognize Newspaper Carrier Day to honour the men and women who make an important contribution to the industry.

Daily and community newspapers are encouraged to highlight the enduring strength of the industry during this weeklong celebration.

Celebrate Right to Know Week on September 22-28

The right of access to information is an important human right and is essential for transparent and accountable governance. This month, over 60 non-governmental organizations from around the world will celebrate Right to Know (RTK) Week as a way to raise awareness about people’s right to access government information while promoting freedom of information as essential to both democracy and good governance. Canadian RTK Week will take place from September 22 to 28, 2014.

There are a number of events planned across the country in recognition of this important initiative.

International Literacy Day is September 8

UNESCO International Literacy Day is Monday, September 8. First celebrated in 1966, the international day of recognition celebrates importance of literacy for individuals, communities and societies and to promote adult learning on a global scale. UNESCO organizes numerous advocacy events around the world including the International Literacy Prizes Award Ceremony.

One week left to submit entries for the EPPY Awards

Journalists and newspapers have just two weeks left to submit their best digital content for the 2014 EPPY Awards. The annual awards program, administered by Editor & Publisher, celebrates the best media-affiliated websites across 31 categories. Now in its 19th year, the international contest is open to all media including Canadian daily and community newspapers as well as campus papers. 

The final entry deadline is August 29, 2014.

JHR hosts Night for Rights in Toronto on September 26

Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) hosts a special fundraising gala dinner event in Toronto on September 26 to support human rights journalism in Canada. Every dollar raised at the JHR Night for Rights event will go towards JHR’s life-changing journalism training in Africa, the Middle East and Northern Ontario.

Canadian Right to Know Week is September 22-28

Each year, Right to Know (RTK) Week is celebrated globally as a way to raise awareness about people’s right to access government information while promoting freedom of information as essential to both democracy and good governance. In 2014, Canadian RTK Week will take place from Monday, September 22 to Sunday, September 28.

This year marks the ninth year that Canadians will celebrate RTK Week, and there are a number of events taking place across the country in recognition of the event.

Mark your calendar: Canada’s newspaper conference returns to Toronto in 2015

The Canadian newspaper industry’s premier event returns to Toronto in 2015. Newspapers Canada’s annual conference and trade show kicks off on Thursday, May 21, with an evening Welcome Reception.

On Friday, May 22, delegates will choose from a range of programming options covering a variety of topics. The event will also include networking opportunities and time to browse and shop at the trade show. Friday evening festivities include galas celebrating the Ontario Community Newspapers Association’s Better Newspaper Awards and the National Newspaper Awards.

Affordable online training for all newsroom staff

Slow news day? Why not brush up on your skills and further your professional development with our convenient and affordable online webinar series. Newspapers Canada is pleased to provide all CNA and CCNA members with high quality expert training at an unbeatable cost. These one-hour webinar sessions are designed to work around your schedule and cover a variety of subjects for editorial, marketing and advertising departments. Summer is the perfect season to further your education and develop a new skill. Register today at

Affordable professional development training at your fingertips

Newspapers Canada offers a variety of cost-effective webinars to assist newspaper staff at all levels with ongoing professional development. Our comprehensive online webinar archive contains over 50 unique training sessions on a variety of topics including social media, SEO, advertising sales, headline writing, multimedia skills and much more.

Presentations are led by media experts from across North America and are tailored towards newspaper staff from a variety of different departments including editorial, circulation, digital, advertising sales and management.

Highlights from WAN-IFRA World Newspaper Congress

From June 7-11, WAN-IFRA held its annual World Newspaper Congress, World Editors Forum and World Advertising Forum, in Turin, Italy. The event attracted 1,000 publishers, chief editors and other news executives from 87 countries. Some of the industry's leading executives—including Suzanne Raitt from Newspapers Canada—shared their ground-breaking strategies and stories.

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